You’re one of the lucky ones: You have an awesome career mentor who you can go to with any issue or concern. And if not an official mentor, you have someone in your life who’s been extra helpful in your job search, who sets you up with great opportunities, or who you feel comfortable pinging with career-related questions.
So, around the holidays, you probably want to give him or her a little token of appreciation. And by little, you’d prefer for it to be on the cheaper end of things.
We got you, and we’ve gathered 15 great options—all under $20!
1. Knit Wine Bag, $6
What really makes this gift shine is throwing in an (under $14) bottle of wine as well.
2. The Innovator’s Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail (Management of Innovation and Change) by Clayton Christensen, $17
Your contact is a major influence in your career, so why not give him or her the book that “deeply influenced” Steve Jobs. (And if not that one, one of these books recommended by career coaches.)
3. Tiled Margot Monogram Mug, $10
Perfect for the person who has everything (or loves a monogram). Just remind the recipient that these aren’t microwave safe.
4. Hot Chocolate Stir Sticks, $14
What could be better than hot chocolate? Answer: Hot chocolate (milk and dark) on a stick.
Moisturizing creams and lotions are practical because it’s winter, but this set is festive, too. Bonus: They’re all easy to toss in a liquids bag for an upcoming vacation.
6. Holiday Spice Black Tea, $16
Does your contact love a cup of tea? Go with this festive gift.
7. Monstera Leaves Custom Journal, $20
This stylish journal would be great for anyone. Bonus: You can put their name on it.
Want more recommendations? Check out some of our favorite notebooks.
Handwritten notes are a great way to stay in touch with your network—and notecards are a thoughtful gift for the best networker you know.
9. Good Natured Soy Candle, $18
These scents—balsam, fireside, and winter white—are perfect for the holidays!
10. Space Capsule Tea Infuser, $8
This is not just a tea infuser: It’s the perfect present for your contact who’s obsessed with space.
A whimsical way for your contact to keep track of all the business cards they collect at their next networking event (or to carry around their own).
12. Signature Classic Gift Box, $20
When in doubt? Chocolate.
A set of plants that are the perfect size for a desk. Bonus: They’re fake, so no mess!
For anyone who loves new recipes, delicious drinks, and travel—and who doesn’t?—this book is perfect.
15. Hasbro Trivial Pursuit, $17
Bring back this classic for the contact who loves trivia. Or games. Or both.
Hopefully this list helps you find the perfect present for all the helpful professional contacts in your life. And above all, remember that expressing your gratitude for all of their guidance over the last year is one of the best gifts you can give.
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Sara McCord is a freelance writer and editor, who most frequently covers the career beat. For nearly three years, she was an editor at The Muse, and she's regularly contributed career advice to Mashable. Her advice has been published across the web (Forbes, Newsweek, Fast Company,TIME, Inc., Business Insider, CNBC and more). Sara has experience managing programs; recruiting, interviewing, and referring job applicants; building strategic partnerships; advising executive directors; and supporting a national network of volunteers. Learn more and send her a note through her website, or follow her on Twitter @sarajmccord.More from this Author